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FT European Infrastructure Summit

Unblocking the project pipeline

London |
Speakers include:
Lord  Heseltine

Lord Heseltine

National Infrastructure Commission

Violeta  Bulc

Violeta Bulc

European Commission

Dana  Reizniece-Ozola

Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Republic of Latvia


Europe’s infrastructure market is one of the biggest in the world, with assets under management (AUM) continuing to grow, Europe-focused funds closing above their target size and the number of infrastructure deals reaching record heights. There is a steady stream of new investable projects as well as an abundance of existing operational infrastructure assets, all of which are providing plenty of opportunities for investors.

The UK’s vote for Brexit has created numerous new challenges for the sector with many questions needing to be answered, such as how will some of the UK’s planned major projects be implemented and what will it mean for the financing and development of infrastructure schemes throughout Europe? Additionally, the infrastructure funding gap remains, with good projects waiting for finance and finance waiting for good projects. At the same time, the continent’s economy is facing numerous growth challenges. And, of course, this all has to be viewed in the context of the global economic and political challenges that are putting pressure on growth projections.

Register today for this 2nd Annual Summit to join other professionals including:

  • Leading infrastructure developers
  • Institutional and corporate investors
  • Financiers
  • Lenders
  • Policy advisers
  • Government and European Union officials

Expert speakers will consider the challenges of Brexit on investors in the sector and discuss fundraising, deal structuring, regulation and return, opportunities and issues in both the emerging Europe and the energy sectors.

fallback Add to my Calendar 11/30/2016 08:00:0011/30/2016 17:00:00trueFT European Infrastructure SummitEurope’s infrastructure market is one of the biggest in the world, with assets under management (AUM) continuing to grow, Europe-focused funds closing above their target size and the number of infrastructure deals reaching record heights. There is a steady stream of new investable projects as well as an abundance of existing operational infrastructure assets, all of which are providing plenty of opportunities for investors.The UK’s vote for Brexit has created numerous new challenges for the sector with many questions needing to be answered, such as how will some of the UK’s planned major projects be implemented and what will it mean for the financing and development of infrastructure schemes throughout Europe? Additionally, the infrastructure funding gap remains, with good projects waiting for finance and finance waiting for good projects. At the same time, the continent’s economy is facing numerous growth challenges. And, of course, this all has to be viewed in the context of the global economic and political challenges that are putting pressure on growth projections.Register today for this 2nd Annual Summit to join other professionals including:Leading infrastructure developersInstitutional and corporate investorsFinanciersLendersPolicy advisersGovernment and European Union officialsExpert speakers will consider the challenges of Brexit on investors in the sector and discuss fundraising, deal structuring, regulation and return, opportunities and issues in both the emerging Europe and the energy sectors.FT-European-Infrastructure-Summit0cb2020b71acee52f0219c6423bef6baMM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (26)

Lord  Heseltine

Lord Heseltine

National Infrastructure Commission

Lord Heseltine was a Member of Parliament in Britain from 1966 to 2001. He was a Cabinet Minister in various departments from 1979 to 1986 and from 1990 to 1997. He was Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997. He is Founder and Chairman of the Haymarket Group, one of the largest privately owned media companies in the UK. 

In 2015, Lord Heseltine was appointed by the government as an advisor to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Within this remit, he is Chair of the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission and Co-Chair of the Estate Regeneration Advisory Panel. He has recently published an independent report making recommendations to further develop the Tees Valley area.  He is also a Commissioner for The National Infrastructure Commission. In October 2012, he published No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Growth, an independent review into how the public and private sectors in the UK work together to create wealth.

He has written books on Europe and his political autobiography, Life in the Jungle. His latest book, Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden, which he co-wrote with Lady Heseltine, has just been published.

Violeta  Bulc

Violeta Bulc

Commissioner for Transport
European Commission

Violeta Bulc is the EU Commissioner for transport, having been appointed to the office in November 2014. Ms Bulc brings a diverse set of expertise and professional experiences to the role. As Commissioner, Ms Bulc has already placed priority on digitalisation, decarbonisation and innovation in transport. A noted academic, author, systems architect and entrepreneur, Ms Bulc has long had a high profile in her homeland of Slovenia. In the corporate sphere, she held various positions in the telecoms industry, including Telekom Slovenia and Telemach. She has also been the owner and CEO of Vibacom, engaged in work on sustainable and innovative business solutions. Immediately prior to her appointment to the European Commission, she was the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovenia, with ministerial responsibility for development, strategic projects and cohesion.

Dana  Reizniece-Ozola

Dana Reizniece-Ozola

Minister of Finance
Republic of Latvia

Dana Reizniece-Ozola is Latvia’s Minister of Finance. She was Minister of Economics from 2014 to 2016. She has been a Member of Parliament since 2010. Between 2011 and 2014 she was Chairperson of the Commission on Education, Culture and Science; Member of the Legal Affairs Commission; and Member of the European Affairs Commission. During this time she was also an Advisor to the Board of Ventspils High Technology Park and a Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport. In addition, she has served on the board of LEO Pētījumu centrs Ltd and Industriālās investīcijas Ltd. 

Ms Reizniece-Ozola has an Executive MBA from the International Space University, France, and a Professional Master’s degree in Translation and Terminology from Ventspils University College, Latvia.

Sarita  Jha

Sarita Jha

Founding Partner
FrontLight Partners

Sarita Jha is the London-based Founding Partner of FrontLight Partners and is jointly responsible for overseeing the firm’s activities with EJ Antonio and Y Tarek Farouki. Ms Jha has a wide range of experience throughout her career: private equity, private wealth management, corporate finance, and business development. Most recently, Ms Jha was responsible for managing the origination, structuring and execution of private equity investments with a focus on growth capital transactions in emerging Europe countries including Turkey within UniCredit's Principal Investments team in London for 10 years. For six of those years, Ms Jha served on the board of Martur AS, Turkey’s leading automotive supplier. Ms Jha has extensive corporate finance and business development experience, both in-house at Delphi Automotive and  as a third-party advisor. Ms Jha's emerging markets expertise stems from experience in both teaching and executing development projects. Her teaching experience at the Central European Project (modeled after the Peace Corps) / Central European University (founded by George Soros) enabled her to turn theory into practice when she worked in the development sector in administering USAID/World Bank Projects. Ms. Jha started her career as an engineer with Northrop Corporation. Ms Jha earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the California State University, Long Beach, and earned her Master of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Ms Jha is a CFA charter holder.

Marios Demetriades

Marios Demetriades

Minister of Transport, Communication and Works
Republic of Cyprus

Marios Demetriades has been Cyprus’s Minister of Transport, Communications and Works since March 2014. He has focused mainly on the maritime and aviation sectors, recently completing the commercialisation of the country’s largest commercial port, Limassol, attracting international port operators such as Eurogate and DP World. He is currently working on the commercialisation of the second largest port in Cyprus and reforms of the aviation, merchant shipping and postal services sectors.

Before joining the government, Mr Demetriades was a Manager at Piraeus Bank (Cyprus) for six years. Prior to that he worked at Laiki Bank Group for approximately nine years in the Investment Management sector.

He has been a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA) since 2000. He is a chartered accountant (ICAEW) and has been a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC).

From 1996 – 1998 he was Manager of the local office of Ernst & Young in Paphos, Cyprus. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward in London from 1993 – 1996.

Mr Demetriades studied Business, Finance and Economics at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Torben Möger Pedersen

Torben Möger Pedersen

Chief Executive Officer

Torben Möger Pedersen is CEO at PensionDanmark. PensionDanmark offers defined contribution pension, insurance and health care products on the basis of collective agreements covering more than 710,000 individuals employed in 26,000 companies within the private and public sector. PensionDanmark has made direct investments in energy infrastructure, and assets under management were at EUR 30bn as of 2017.  Mr Möger Pedersen holds a number of board and investment committee memberships incl. Copenhagen Infrastructure Fund I & II, the Danish Climate Investment Fund, the Danish Agribusiness Fund, Danish Society for Education and Business (DSEB), Board Leadership Society in Denmark, Center for Pension Research (PerCent) at CBS, the Private Sector Advisory Group of UN’s Green Climate Fund and is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Future of Investments and the Forum’s Investor Governors Steering Committee.  He holds an MSc Economics from University of Copenhagen and is an adjunct professor at CBS.

Mark Mansley

Mark Mansley

Chief Investment Officer
Brunel Pension Partnership

Mark Mansley has just been appointed CIO of the Brunel Pension partnership, the organisation established to manage £30bn of assets for 10 LGPS funds. He has over 30 years of investment experience.  He was previously CIO of the Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF) where he developed their investment strategy to include allocations to real assets, smart beta and private debt. He has been actively involved in the ongoing development of infrastructure investing. He helped shape the EAPF's award winning responsible investment strategy over the last decade - most recently on the Policy to Address the Impacts of Climate Change.  Previously, Mr Mansley managed responsible investments for charities, developed impact investment opportunities for clients, and advised fund managers and asset owners, including Universities Superannuation Scheme and Aviva, on improving their investment processes and integrating sustainability considerations. He holds a mathematics degree from Cambridge and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Derek  McManus

Derek McManus

Telefonica UK

Derek McManus is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Telefonica UK, a broad role covering all aspects of network, IT, fraud, security and property for the company and its 23 million customers.

He enjoyed more than 25 years in the mobile industry in various technical and business roles before taking up a role on the UK board as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in April 2007. Mr McManus has led significant transformation at a technology and business level, including the launch of 3G and 4G, the introduction of the iPhone in the UK, the growth of mobile data, undertaking network infrastructure sharing, developing O2 online capability and creating  the O2 Labs.

His passion for customers, innovation and people has seen his team lead a number of initiatives to change the way technology is developed, from agile and crowd sourcing to technology accelerators.

Mr McManus has an MSc in Telecommunications Business from University College London. He is Telefonica UK’s lead for Diversity and Inclusion, and also sits on a number of network and industry advisory boards.

Tim Hawkins

Tim Hawkins

Corporate Affairs Director

Tim Hawkins is Manchester Airport Group’s (MAG’s) Corporate Affairs Director, leading the group’s participation in the Airports Commission process, as well as engaging with key stakeholders including local and central government, aviation and regulatory bodies and the media. Mr Hawkins was part of Stansted’s leadership team from March 2011, holding the position of Director of Regulation and Planning.

Mr Hawkins was responsible for leading the airport’s engagement with the CAA during the Q6 review which led to Stansted being de-regulated. Before that he held a number of senior positions with BAA, giving him a wealth of experience in regulation and competition issues, as well as experience in shaping aviation policy.

Peter  Dooley

Peter Dooley

Managing Director, Infrastructure & Structured Corporate Financing

Peter Dooley is a Managing Director in the RBS Infrastructure & Structured Corporate Financing team, which he joined at its inception in 2000, with involvement in the first wave of structured utility issuance.

He was heavily involved in the public to private acquisition and subsequent liability management exercise and bond market refinancing of Kelda, debut structured issuance for the gas distributor WWU and the rolling stock company Angel Trains. He spent two years advising Network Rail on matters related to their government-guaranteed debt programme.

He supported GIP’s successful bid for Gatwick Airport and led its subsequent bond market refinancing. More recently he has worked on Affinity Water’s successful structured refinancing in the sole structuring bank and arranger role, as well as bond issuance for Northern Powergrid, WPD, Dignity, Njordgas and others. He has just spent the past year and a half advising the consortium bid for Thames Tideway (with related Government support package).

Mr Dooley is a qualified solicitor whose previous practising experience focussed on the energy and utilities sectors. He has a First Class honours degree in Classics from Cambridge University.  

Julia  Prescot

Julia Prescot

Chief Strategy Officer
Meridiam SAS

Julia Prescot is Chief Strategy Officer of Meridiam Infrastructure and sits on the Board of Meridiam SAS. In addition, she is President of the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation in Geneva, an NGO specialising in the online preparation of early stage projects in Africa and other developing markets; a non-executive Director at the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund; a member of the Advisory Board of Glennmont Partners, a fund focused on renewable energy; a non-executive director on the International Project Finance Association; and a Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School, University College London. She is also a member of the Global Advisory Council on Infrastructure at the World Economic Forum.

Ms Prescot has an extensive history and background in infrastructure investment, having acted as an investor, as an adviser both to governments and to the private sector, and as a provider of debt and junior funding in respect of a large number of major infrastructure projects around the globe. Her past roles have included Head of Project Finance at Hill Samuel in London, Co-Head of Project Advisory at Charterhouse Bank, and Senior Director and Head of Eurozone Infrastructure Finance at Bank of Scotland.

Ali  Miraj

Ali Miraj

Director, Infrastructure Finance
ING Wholesale Banking
Paul  Marty

Paul Marty

Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, Infrastructure Finance Group

Paul Marty is a Senior Analyst in Moody’s EMEA Infrastructure Finance team, based in London. He is responsible for a portfolio of unregulated and regulated utilities in France, the UK and South Africa. Over the course of a long career with the firm, Mr Marty has covered a broad range of sectors including oil and gas and real estate, and is experienced in rating both conventional and complex structured financing arrangements.

He is an authority on the European utility sector, the lead author of Moody’s rating methodology for regulated electric and gas networks, and currently responsible for its coverage of some of the largest unregulated utilities in the region.

Mr Marty’s prior work experience includes three years in an independent credit research boutique, covering high-yield corporate issuers. He started his career in Mergers & Acquisitions at BNP Paribas, where he worked on a number of transactions in the oil and gas sector.

He graduated from the ESSEC Business School in Paris, France. 

Sir Merrick  Cockell

Sir Merrick Cockell

London Pensions Fund Authority

Sir Merrick Cockell is Chairman of the London Pensions Fund Authority. He is also Executive Chairman of Cratus Communications and Senior Adviser to PA Consulting. He was appointed first Chairman of the UK Municipal Bonds Agency in early 2015 having pioneered the case for greater local government fiscal autonomy. In October 2010 he was appointed to the Board of the London Pensions Fund Authority and became Chairman in September 2015 having served as Deputy Chairman for 2 years. 

In August 2015, the Mayor of London appointed Sir Merrick Chairman of the Crossrail 2 Growth Commission. This reported in 2016 on the economic viability of the proposed rail route linking north-east and south-west suburbs under central London. Sir Merrick also chairs Localis, an independent think-tank dedicated to local government and localism issues.

A councillor from 1986 until May 2015, he served as Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea from 2000-2013. He was Chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) from 2011-2014 and Chairman of London Councils from 2006-2010. From 2008-2011, he served as Chairman of the Conservative Councillors’ Association and was a member of the Conservative Party Board. He was an Audit Commissioner, sitting on the Audit Commission Board from July 2009-June 2011. 

Other positions include Fellow of the British American Project, Governor of the Kensington Aldridge Academy and Kensington Colonel of 31 Signal Squadron.

He ran an international trading company for 23 years. He was knighted in early 2010 for services to local government.

Simon  Wells

Simon Wells

Chief European Economist
Phil  Graham

Phil Graham

National Infrastructure Commission

Phil Graham is CEO of the National Infrastructure Commission. He joined from the Department for Transport, where he worked on many of the UK’s most important infrastructure projects. He led the development of the Government's high speed rail strategy from its inception and took it through one of the country’s largest ever consultation and analysis processes, as well as leading the team supporting Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission and working on the London Olympics. Previous roles include posts dealing with transport security, working on the Eddington study of transport and economic growth and as‎ Private Secretary to the Secretary of State.

Mike  Weston

Mike Weston

Chief Executive
Pensions Infrastructure Platform

Mike Weston has been Chief Executive of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) since 2014 and has worked in the UK institutional investment industry for more than 25 years. 

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), the Pension Protection Fund and nine other pension funds established PiP in 2011 with the aim of developing an investment platform to facilitate long-term investment into UK infrastructure assets. It enables multiple pension schemes to collaborate and provides a gateway for developers and the government seeking access to UK pension scheme investments.

PiP received regulatory approval as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager in January 2016 enabling it to launch its first fund, the PiP Multi-Strategy Infrastructure Fund. Most recently the fund reached first close with £125 million of pension scheme investor commitments.

Mr Weston has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. 

Peter  Stracar

Peter Stracar

CEO, Central and Eastern Europe

Peter Stracar has been CEO of GE in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), based in Prague, since January 2013.

CEE is an important growth region for GE and represents a US$4bn market for the company. Mr Stracar’s role is to drive growth by building on GE’s key partnerships in the region. 

Prior to joining GE, Mr Stracar spent 18 years at Hilti Corporation, based in Hong Kong, completing his time with the firm as President of Asia Pacific.

He started his career at IBM Eastern Europe.

Mr Stracar has a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering & Computer Science from the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia.

Denise Li

Denise Li

Founder and CEO
PGC Capital
Mattia  Romani

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy and Governance

Mattia Romani is Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Governance at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He is also Senior Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics.

Before joining the EBRD in 2014, he was the Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the Global Green Growth Institute, an international organisation based in South Korea that was created to support developing and emerging countries on their green growth plans. He was previously with McKinsey and Company, where he worked as a senior expert since 2009.                                                                                                     

He served as Lord Nicholas Stern’s deputy on the UN Secretary General High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Finance in 2010. Between 2007 and 2009, he was Lead Economist on the Stern Review team in the UK government. 

Dr Romani was previously at Shell International working on long-term scenarios. Between 1999 and 2003 he worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, Abidjan and Antananarivo. He has a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford and a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

Christopher  Heathcote

Christopher Heathcote

Global Infrastructure Hub

Chris is one of the few Infrastructure professionals to have worked as Principal, Advisor and Debt Provider to the infrastructure sector. Starting in the mid 1990's Chris was a founder partner in one of the early Infrastructure equity funds, Hyder Infrastructure Investors. Amongst many deals financed were the Melbourne City Link and the Asian Infrastructure Fund, as well as a number of UK PFI deals.

As an advisor in the late 1990's Chris structured the N3 toll road project in South Africa, working to create financial instruments to promote local empowerment and involvement in the project equity.

During this period he also worked on urban regeneration projects in the UK and the Cross Israel Highway. After a period working in the Capital Markets with Ambac Chris moved to Partnerships UK, a PPP project set up by the UK Treasury working to advise the Public Sector in procuring Infrastructure programmes. He worked on the Wembley National Stadium and London Underground projects helping the Public Sector to get best value from their Private Sector counterparts. In 2001 he worked with the Brazilian Government advising on the process of preparing and executing a PPP programme.

Whilst at Partnerships UK he also spent some time working in the Treasury where he was one of the authors of the Government White Paper "Meeting the Investment Challenge". Chris returned to the Private Sector in 2006 and has worked for WestLB AG, Lloyds Banking Group and most recently Macquarie. He has provided finance to projects in the U.S., Europe, Turkey, China, Abidjan and Australia.

Nick Butler

Nick Butler

Author-FT blog on energy and power Visiting Professor
King’s College London

Nick Butler is Visiting Professor and Chair of the Kings Policy Institute at Kings College London. he was formerly Senior Policy  Adviser to the Prime Minister and group Vice President for Strategy and Policy development at BP. He writes the FT’s blog on energy and power.

Neil  King

Neil King

Managing Director, Infrastructure
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Neil King is Managing Director of Infrastructure at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). He has 25 years of experience in the infrastructure market, including 15 years as a banker at Lloyds, Barclays and WestLB, followed by a 10-year spell as a founding partner in 3i’s infrastructure business prior to joining CPPIB in 2015.

Uwe  Fleischhauer

Uwe Fleischhauer

Founding Partner and Managing Director

Uwe Fleischhauer is Founding Partner and Managing Director of YIELCO Investments AG, Munich (Germany). YIELCO, established in 2011, is an alternative investment boutique with a focus on the infrastructure asset class as well as private debt and private equity. It offers fund of funds solutions (multi manager portfolios) as a discretionary product approach as well as customised managed account solutions and alternative advisory on a non-discretionary basis. YIELCO has a total of about 1,300 million euro assets under management (advisory) over the three asset classes.

Mr Fleischhauer ran his own private equity advisory firm, Fleischhauer, Hoyer & Partner (FHP), from 1998 to 2011.He managed private equity advisory and consulting projects for institutional investors including all sub-segments as well as infrastructure.

Before setting up his own firm, he spent more than seven years as a Management Consultant / Project Leader at international consulting firms Arthur D Little and Mercer Management Consulting. He graduated in Business Administration from the University of Bremen and a postgraduate Diploma in European Enterprise Management from Dorset Business School, Bournemouth, England, and the University of Barcelona, Spain.

Renaud  de Matharel

Renaud de Matharel

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner
Cube Infrastructure Managers

Renaud de Matharel has 26 years of infrastructure project management and investment experience. He joined Natixis in 2005 to establish Cube and since then has recruited and led the management team as a Board Director, CEO and Managing Partner. Mr de Matharel has led the structuring, fundraising and investment activities of Cube I, and is currently actively participating, as head of the Managers’ Executive Committee, in making key decisions about the management of the fund’s asset portfolio. From 1997 to 2005, Mr de Matharel was with Vinci Concessions, where he held executive management responsibilities as General Manager of Vinci Airport Management and Deputy General Manager of SGE Concessions. He developed, financed and managed large road and airport concession projects in Europe, America and Asia, and represented Vinci on the board of directors of project companies. He joined Vinci from BNP Paribas, where he worked for 10 years, notably as head of Project Finance at Paribas Milan and Paribas London. He advised and led arranged, non-recourse financings for leading American and European independent power producers building and operating gas generation and integrated gas and combined cycle power plants, as well as energy-from-waste plants. Mr de Matharel is a graduate of l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord (EDHEC) and has a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Paris II and an MBA from Hartford University (USA).

Andrew  Rose

Andrew Rose

Chief Executive

Andrew Rose is the inaugural Chief Executive of the Global Infrastructure Investor Association (GIIA), a global advocacy association representing equity investors in global infrastructure and those associated with the asset class. GIIA currently has a membership of 47 of the leading global institutions active in infrastructure investment.

Prior to joining GIIA in April 2016, Mr Rose held a number of senior positions in both the public and private sectors in the UK. For the three years before his current role, he was Chief Executive of the country’s housing and regeneration Homes & Communities Agency. He has also been Chief Executive of Infrastructure UK in HM Treasury.

Mr Rose’s private sector roles have included Managing Director, Investment Banking, CIBC World Markets, where he established and led the Canadian bank’s European infrastructure investment banking practice, and where he worked for 17 years in both the UK and US. He was also a Partner at AgFe, a leading debt advisory firm, based in London.


Chair and Moderators (6)

Gill  Plimmer

Gill Plimmer

Infrastructure Correspondent
Financial Times

Gill Plimmer covers infrastructure for the Financial Times, writing news and analysis on everything from the UK's Network Rail to the planned new high-speed railway line. Formerly Deputy UK News Editor and Deputy Weekend editor at the FT, she joined from the Independent newspaper in 2000.

Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward

Energy Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Ward is the FT’s Energy Editor, leading global coverage of the oil and gas industry, power generation and related policy and geopolitical issues. Before taking up his current role in June 2016, Ward was Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, reporting on life sciences, medical technology and healthcare.

Prior to this, Ward was UK News Editor, leading the news desk responsible for the FT’s coverage of UK politics, policy and economics. Previously, Ward served the FT in a number of foreign reporting roles. He was the Nordic bureau chief responsible for coverage of eight countries – Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark and the three Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

Ward has also been the White House correspondent, during which role he covered the George W. Bush administration and the 2008 presidential election campaign. Before moving to Washington, Ward covered business and politics in the US south-east as Atlanta Correspondent. Between 2001 and 2004, he served as Seoul Correspondent, reporting on North and South Korea.

Ward joined the FT in 1999 as a graduate trainee in London and was appointed Media Correspondent in 2000. Ward received his B.A. in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester, UK.

Follow Andrew Ward on twitter: @andrew_ward1

Nic  Fildes

Nic Fildes

Telecoms correspondent
Financial Times

Nic Fildes is the FT’s Telecoms Correspondent in London. Originally from Australia, he previously worked at The Times, where he spent seven years as Technology & Communications Editor. He has also worked for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and Dow Jones Newswires, mostly covering telecoms, technology and media, and the music industry. He has also been published in The Spectator and various specialist music blogs writing about culture. 

Mr Fildes has won the UK Tech (previously TechMARK) journalist of the year award three times.

Stefanie Linhardt

Stefanie Linhardt

Europe Editor
The Banker

Stefanie Linhardt is Europe Editor of The Banker, covering western, central and eastern Europe as well as capital markets. She joined the magazine from EuroWeek, where she was high-yield and leveraged finance editor, and, prior to that, worked for equity newswire S&P MarketScope. While in Munich, she held part-time positions with Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) and German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur. She holds a Magister (Master's) degree in politics from LMU in Munich and a post graduate diploma in journalism from Westminster University in London.

Neil  Buckley

Neil Buckley

Chief Leader Writer
Financial Times

Neil Buckley is Chief Leader Writer at the Financial Times. He has a particular interest in central and eastern Europe and the republics of the former Soviet Union, and served previously as the FT’s Eastern Europe Editor for eight years and Moscow bureau chief from 2005 to 2008. In an FT career spanning more than 25 years, he has also been New York correspondent, an EU correspondent in Brussels, and twice worked as a writer on the agenda-setting Lex Column. He is a former Business Journalist of the Year in the British Press Awards.

Pádraig  Floyd

Pádraig Floyd

Financial Journalist

Pádraig Floyd is an award-winning financial journalist who writes on personal finance subjects, particularly pensions, investments and workplace savings. A regular commentator on pensions and investment issues, Mr Floyd shares views via Twitter at @gogetemfloyd, his website and his Linkedin profile at He was a member-nominated trustee director of the Pearson Group Pension Plan and is a former committee member of the Association of Member-Nominated Trustees. 


Agenda - 30th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Networking
  • 9:00am
    Chair's Opening Remarks

    Gill Plimmer, Infrastructure Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    Opening keynote remarks: Meeting Europe’s growth targets

    The EU’s 500bn euro investment plan until 2020 aims to mobilise investment, establish a credible project pipeline and remove regulatory bottlenecks.

    • How does the investment plan aim to help the EU prosper?
    • How can long-term growth be achieved in key strategic areas?
    • What is the role of the European Fund for Strategic Investments?
    • What is the role of infrastructure in the investment plan?
    • How can the plan unlock private sector investment in transport infrastructure?
    • What are the opportunities for investors in transport?

    Violeta Bulc, Commissioner for Transport, European Commission

  • 9:30am
    Keynote Interview
    • How do governments work with stakeholders to deliver successful infrastructure projects?
    • What funding approaches do governments favour?
    • What processes are undertaken to select high-quality projects that are future - proof and environmentally sound?
    • What does Brexit mean for infrastructure development and financing?

    The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine 

    Interviewed by:

    Gill Plimmer, Infrastructure Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:50am
    Panel discussion: Fundraising for strategic infrastructure investment in Europe
    • What macro environmental factors are affecting fundraising?
    • How are funds allocating their money and what projects are they investing in?
    • How do you marshal funds on behalf of institutional investors?
    • How will Brexit impact on fundraising?
    • What is a Chinese investor’s perspective of investing in European infrastructure
    • What are the trends in infrastructure finance?
    • What are the different trends and issues in core Europe and emerging Europe?
    • What are the roles of public private initiatives (PPPs), the Project Bond initiative, the Capital Markets Union and the European Investment Project Portal? 


    Renaud de Matharel, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Cube Infrastructure Managers

    Neil King, Managing Director, Infrastructure, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

    Denise Li, CEO, PGC Capital

    Julia Prescot, Chief Strategy Officer, Meridiam 


    Stefanie Linhardt, Europe Editor, The Banker

  • 10:35am
    Networking break
  • 11:00am
    Panel discussion: Deal structuring and infrastructure debt
    • What are the latest trends in infrastructure debt financing?
    • Which kinds of deal structure are in vogue?
    • What is the case for debt v equity in an infrastructure deal?
    • Where are the best infrastructure debt opportunities to be found?
    • What is the appetite for brownfield and greenfield investments?
    • How will Brexit impact on deal structuring?



    Peter Dooley, Managing Director, Infrastructure & Structured Corporate Finance, RBS

    Uwe Fleischhauer, Founding Partner and Managing Director, YIELCO

    Ali Miraj, Director, Infrastructure Finance, ING Wholesale Banking

    Mike Weston, Chief Executive, Pensions Infrastructure Platform 


    Stefanie Linhardt, Europe Editor, The Banker

  • 11:45am
    Panel discussion: Risks, regulations and return
    • How do investors structure deals and cope with political and regulatory risks?
    • How do you encourage the private sector to take risks?
    • How do you address the new risks caused by the Brexit vote?
    • How will new institutional structures, such as the establishment of the National Infrastructure Commission, affect political risk?
    • What should investors understand about how policy makers take decisions?

    Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman, London Pensions Fund Authority

    Phil Graham, CEO, National Infrastructure Commission

    Tim Hawkins, Corporate Affairs Director, MAG

    Sarita Jha, Founding Partner, FrontLight Partners

    Andrew Rose, Chief Executive, Global Infrastructure Investor Association


    Pádraig Floyd, Financial Journalist and Trustee Director, Pearson Group Pension Plan

  • 12:30pm
    Fireside chat: Mobile connectivity – the invisible infrastructure to power future economies
    • How are evolving business and consumer habits driving demand for mobile connectivity?
    • What is the importance of connectivity for boosting economic growth?
    • How will economies truly benefit from ubiquitous, high-speed mobile connectivity?
    • What must be done now to ensure mobile infrastructure is fit to meet future demand?           

    Derek McManus, COO, O2

    Interviewed by:

    Nic Fildes, Telecoms Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 12:50pm
    Networking lunch
  • 1:50pm
    Keynote: An institutional investor’s perspective of infrastructure
    • How does PensionDanmark approach asset allocation?
    • What is the role of infrastructure in PensionDanmark’s investment strategy?
    • Which infrastructure sub-sectors are the most appealing to institutional investors?
    • What are the opportunities and risks for institutional investors in infrastructure?
    • How does the move towards disintermediation impact on investors?
    • What models are being used to facilitate the flow of money?

    Torben Möger Pedersen, CEO, PensionDanmark

  • 2:10pm
    Panel discussion: Capitalising on opportunities in emerging Europe

    Although the majority of infrastructure investment deals are taking place in core Europe, there are some interesting trends in emerging Europe.

    • What are the hottest topics in emerging Europe infrastructure?
    • What is the role of PPP in Turkey?
    • What impact is the One Belt One Road initiative having on investment in Turkey and Eastern Europe?
    • How is infrastructure investment helping link emerging Europe with Western Europe?

    Chris Heathcote, CEO, Global Infrastructure Hub

    Mattia Romani, Managing Director, Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD

    Peter Stracar, CEO, Central and Eastern Europe, GE 


    Neil Buckley, Eastern Europe Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:55pm
    Panel discussion: Achieving stability in the energy market
    • How do you achieve stability in Europe’s energy market?
    • How has Germany’s decision to shut down its nuclear power generation capacity and the US’s efforts to promote shale gas impacted on the wider energy sector, including renewables?
    • How do you deal with peak energy generation?
    • What can we learn about the deal flow in the renewables sector?
    • What are the trends and challenges in financing renewables?
    • How will Brexit change Europe’s energy market?
    • How do institutional investors approach energy investment?
    • What impact do decarbonising strategies have on investment?



    Nick Butler, Chair, King’s Policy Institute

    Renaud de Matharel, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Cube Infrastructure Managers

    Mark Mansley, Chief Investment Officer, Environment Agency Pension Fund

    Paul Marty, Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, Infrastructure Finance Group, Moody’s


    Andrew Ward, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:40pm
    Presentation: Economic forecast for Europe
    • How does European economic performance in 2016 compare to previous years?
    • What does Brexit mean for Europe’s economy?
    • How will the new Trump presidency impact on Europe?
    • What is the role of infrastructure in European economic growth?
    • How are monetary and fiscal policies changing across Europe?

    Simon Wells, Chief European Economist, HSBC

  • 3:55pm
    Closing ministerial keynote discussion: What’s next for infrastructure in Europe?
    • What policies should governments adopt to drive infrastructure investment?
    • What factors do governments need to consider when developing infrastructure strategies?
    • How is Brexit impacting on infrastructure decisions by other European governments? 
    • How do you deal with the regional challenges and opportunities associated with infrastructure investment? 
    • What is the future for infrastructure investment in Europe?

    Marios Demetriades, Minister of Transport, Communication and Works, Republic of Cyprus

    Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Minister of Finance, Republic of Latvia


    Andrew Ward, Energy Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:25pm
    Chair’s concluding remarks

    Gill Plimmer, Infrastructure Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:30pm
    Drinks reception

Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences to attend a wide range of world class thought-leadership events across the globe for nearly 40 years. 

The FT European Infrastructure Summit will be attended by: 

  • CFOs, CIOs , business development and analysts from Pension Funds and Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Product specialists, Directors, VPs, CIOs, CFOs and Business Development from Asset Management and Investment Banks
  • CEOs, Founders, CFOs, CIOs and business development from Family Offices and Multi-Family Wealth Offices
  • Partners, Heads and Associates from Law firms
  • Consultants


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Gold Sponsor (1)

Cube Infrastructure Managers is an independent Luxembourgian management company focusing on investments in the European infrastructure space. The Manager is constituted by a close-knit Manager Team with broad industrial and managerial experience, and with a highly international profile. 

Cube‘s objective is to generate a combination of current yield and long-term capital appreciation through investments in regulated, brownfield infrastructure assets, addressing the essential infrastructure needs of the local communities, primarily within western Europe, and with a “Buy & Grow” strategy. To do so, Cube takes control or co-control positions in mid-caps with highly competitive runners up positions and develops their potential through organic growth and synergetic add-on investments.Cube currently manages Cube Infrastructure Fund with total commitments of €1.08 billion, and Cube Infrastructure Fund II, which had its first close in September 2016 with €358.5 million commitments and a target size of €1.2 billion.

Media Partners (2)

Preqin is the leading source of information for the alternative assets industry, providing data and analysis via online databases, publications and complimentary research reports. Preqin is an independent business with over 200 staff based in New York, London, Singapore and San Francisco serving over 12,500 customers in 94 countries. 

Preqin has the most comprehensive and extensive information available on the private equity, hedge fund, real estate, infrastructure and private debt industries, encompassing funds and fundraising, performance, fund managers, institutional investors, deals and fund terms. Leading alternative assets professionals from around the world rely on Preqin’s services daily, and its data and statistics are regularly quoted by the financial press.

Founded in 2007, PitchBook is the financial information technology provider trusted by leading investors, companies and advisors. Their core offering is the PitchBook Platform, award-winning data and analysis software that makes it easy to analyze global M&A, private equity and venture capital activity, along with the limited partners, investors, funds, companies and professionals involved. In addition to providing technology and custom research services, PitchBook also publishes a daily newsletter and quarterly reports detailing key industry activities and trends. PitchBook is based in Seattle, WA, with offices in New York City and London.

Supporting Partners (3)

The European Union Road Federation (ERF) is a non-profit association which coordinates the views of Europe’s road infrastructure sector. Established in 1998 as a platform for dialogue and research on mobility issues bringing together over 60 members across Europe representing different profiles as national road organisations, road users, industry, academia or research centres. The ERF acts as the voice of the European Road Sector, by promoting and coordinating specific programmes, working groups and projects on various fields such as the socio-economic contribution of roads to society, sustainable road infrastructure, safer road engineering or asset management. As a respected Brussels-based transport stakeholder, the ERF regularly participates in forums, seminars and congresses at European and global level.

Infrastructure is changing faster than ever. And we’re changing to keep you up to speed with it all.
Infrastructure Journal is joining forces with Project Finance to create the definitive new authority on the world of infrastructure, worldwide. IJGlobal brings together the influence and insight of Infrastructure Journal with the intelligence and authority of Project Finance. All supported by the weight of experience that comes from covering this essential sector since 1979. 
We’re also creating the largest and most accurate deal database available, together with an events portfolio to match. With people on the ground in every region, we have the inside track on projects and deals when and where they happen. To give you and your firm a flying start in identifying opportunities, establishing leads and winning deals around the world. 

The International Project Finance Association (IPFA) is an independent, not-for-profit, professional members association dedicated to providing up-to-date information on best practice, industry trends and new developments in infrastructure and energy. IPFA operates globally across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia & the CIS and Turkey giving members access to an international network of over 570 public and private sector organisations. We host a continuous programme of over 80 industry events which are free for members to attend and offer a unique opportunity to network with senior, decision making professionals, across the industry.

For further information on IPFA and its activities around the world, please visit its website.

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